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Singapore in 2008

The Republic of Singapore is an island city-state located off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Orang Laut people, Singapore became a British colony in 1819.

Singapore was occupied by Japan during World War II, but was returned to Britain after the war. It gained independence in the 1950s, briefly became part of the Federation of Malaysia, but seceded and gained permanent sovereignty in 1965.

Singapore in Days of InfamyEdit

After the Japanese entered World War II Singapore was quickly conquered by the Imperial Japanese Army, British forces were driven out, and its harbor used as a launch pad for their offensive into the Indian Ocean.[1][2]

By early 1943, with British fortunes turning for the better in Europe, more attention was turned to the Pacific Ocean, and the Royal Air Force had retaken the offensive, bombing Singapore. This embarrassing raid was kept hidden from those living under Japanese rule, and even the commanders occupying Hawaii.[3]

Singapore in Joe Steele Edit

In 1941, the Japanese were encroaching into Indochina which threatened British Malaya and Singapore.[4] Despite Winston Churchill's protests, Japan continued its aggressive behavior and before the year was out, they invaded Malaya and the Philippines.[5] The British stood siege but were forced to surrender Singapore and its defenders the following February.[6]

Singapore in Southern VictoryEdit

The Island of Singapore was a major naval base for the Royal Navy in the Pacific when the Great War began in 1914. After the fall of the Sandwich Islands, it became the prime base for the RN Pacific Squadron for the duration of the war, and the ensuing peace afterwards.[7]

In 1943, Japan betrayed its allies and with Siamese assistance, captured Singapore as well as several other British colonies, extending the Japanese domination of East Asia.[8]

Singapore in The Valley-Westside WarEdit

Liz Mendoza thought it ridiculous that people would fight and die for tiny "countries" like The Valley and Westside, until she remembered that similar nation-states had fought similar wars in the common history shared by the home timeline and the Valley-Westside alternate. Singapore was one of the nations that entered her thoughts.[9]

Singapore in The War That Came EarlyEdit

Singapore was the prime naval base of the Royal Navy in the Pacific. It was a major trading port and seen as the pride of the empire in the Far East. In January 1941, Japan attacked the British Empire in the Pacific, by invading Malaya. By the fall of 1941, the Malaya Command had lost control of the peninsula, and had been forced back into Singapore, where it made preparations for a siege.[10]

Singapore fell to Japan in short order. The Japanese held Singapore into 1944.[11]

Singapore in WorldwarEdit

Singapore had been a British colony until Japan conquered it in early 1942. Despite the conquest of the Malay Peninsula to the north by the Race, the island remained in Japanese hands until the Peace of Cairo recognised it as Japanese territory.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Days of Infamy, pg.246, HC.
  2. See Inconsistencies in Turtledove's Work#Inconsistencies in Days of Infamy.
  3. End of the Beginning, pg. 177, PB.
  4. Joe Steele, pg. 234, HC.
  5. Ibid, pgs. 244-246.
  6. Ibid, pg. 257.
  7. See, e.g., American Front, pgs. 154, PB.
  8. The Grapple, pg. 80, TPB.
  9. The Valley-Westside War, p. 101.
  10. Coup d'Etat, pg. 345.
  11. Last Orders, pg. 380.
  12. See, e.g., the Colonization map.

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